Out of the blue

Out of the blue
28/02/2020 Samantha Johnson

Yesterday a friend and I attended the ‘Tricia Guild in conversation’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge.

It was a super evening wandering through the Designers Guild exhibition ‘Out of the Blue – 50 years of DG’ with a glass of wine, which was beautifully curated into a series of rooms. It unravels Tricia’s unique and creative approach, focussing on her inspiration, her design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials she uses. I have always been inspired by Tricia’s vision, and just like her I enjoy showing people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space. Thank you Tricia for an inspiring evening!

Out of the Blue Designers Guild Exhibition

The exhibition has only just opened so I would highly recommend a visit.  Tricia Guild is also having another in conversation evening with Ben Spriggs from Elle Decoration on Thursday 30 April between 6-8pm.  Tickets are still available.

Out of the Blue: Fifty years of Designers Guild
Textile and Fabric Museum,
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays: 11am–5pm
Tickets and information: ftmlondon.org

The Designers Guild exhibition runs until the 14th June 2020.

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In the meantime, if you fancy a bit of Designers Guild in your home this Spring here are a few pieces I love from her new collection. An inspirational sourcing day in London doesn’t feel complete without a wander around her shop on the Kings Road!!

Hollyhock Celadon Cushion by Designers Guild

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Hollyhock Celadon Cushion

I may just have to update my cushions at home with a couple of these! This rectangular cushion features a wonderful arrangement of hollyhock flowers, fully embroidered onto a natural coloured cotton/linen ground. In rich celadon, aqua and teal blue shades, with a plain soft aqua reverse.

‘In my view’

In this 18th Book (can’t quite believe she has written so many), Tricia shares the ‘ingredients’ which helped her to establish the visual language of her Italian home in Umbria, as well as that of her new London home. Both of which are the focus in this hugely inspiring and lavishly illustrated book. The documentary is also well worth watching!

In My View book by Tricia Guild

Credit: Designers Guild

Designers Guild Maple tree Celadon throw

Credit: Designers Guild

Maple Tree Celadon throw

This linen throw would look beautiful in a bedroom. In blissful tones of celadon and jade, a romantic vision of watercolour leaves, layered amidst magnolia blossom with swooping swallows. Digitally printed onto 100% natural heavyweight linen for superb softness. Just perfect cascading over the end of your bed as we move into the Spring!

Grandiflora Rose washbag

This floral washbag features a gorgeous multi-colour cluster of painterly flowers, with a border feature of vivid green geranium leaves. Digitally printed onto soft coated cotton with a practical waterproof lining. I sometimes use them in cloakrooms as a tissue dispenser as they can look very pretty especially in the medium size or somewhere to hide a few toiletries in the small size when there isn’t any storage – pretty and practical!

Grandiflora rose epice wash bag from Designers Guild

Credit: Designers Guild

Grandiflora Rose Epice umbrella by Designer Guild

Credit: Designers Guild

Grandiflora Rose Epice Umbrella

With all the rain we are having at the moment, what better way to brighten up a rainy day than with this gorgeous umbrella. A glorious cluster of multi coloured painterly hydrangeas, poppies and peonies are arranged along side vivid green geranium leaves on a soft grey ground on the outside, with a complementary green interior. I have put this on my Mother’s Day wishlist!

Tulsi Eau de Nil Porcelain Tray

This porcelain tray would look lovely on the coffee table with a delicate row of small vases on top with a selection of garden cut blooms!

Tulsi Eau de Nil Porcelain by Designers Guild

Credit: Designers Guild